Post # 1
Hello! We are trying to plan our honeymoon over since our frist location will not work out for us. We were thinking about going to Myrtle Beach, SC but I am so paranoid of bed bugs in hotels. The hotel (resort) we are thinking about staying at has no reported issues but I am still really scared about it. Has anyone had to deal with bed bugs when traveling? Anyone else have the same fears?
Post # 3
I worry about that too, so I always read reviews of a hotel before staying there. If even one review mentions bed bugs, I’m like, NEXT! I would say read as many reviews as possible (TripAdvisor is a great source), and if no one has mentioned bed bugs, try to put it out of your mind and enjoy your vacation.
If you’re still really worried and have the space to pack it, you could bring your own bedding.
Post # 4
I don’t think it will be an issue. Like Regina Phalange said, so long as you do your research, you should be fine. I’ve stayed in hundreds of hotels in dozens of states and countries and haven’t found any bed bugs yet!
Bad things can happen anywhere, but they’re no reason for you to hide away inside your home and never come out. Just take the appropriate precautions, and then enjoy your honeymoon.
Post # 5
Why would you put off a hoilday just because you are scared of the very very small chance there will be bed bugs? Do you also never leave the house as something bad may happen? Use traveladvisor, read reviews and see photos. Go enjoy your honeymoon!
Post # 6
I did 8 months of world travel this year including a 3 month road trip across Canada and the US, staying in everything from campgrounds to hostels to 5 star hotels. We used Trip Advisor to check hotels before staying and never saw a single bed bug anywhere in the world. It’s not worth staying home and being scared over.
Post # 7
Check reviews, book a place with a good reputation, and then go and enjoy yourself.
I’ve never heard of Myrtle Beach having bed bugs. It’s a fun beach that has some nice places, but it is a kind of a party town. If you’re looking for a more upscale beach town, consider Hilton Head, which is nearby, where you’re less likely to get a room that was once trashed during spring break.
Post # 8
Petrified of bedbugs.
We travel SO MUCH and I am always afraid of this. We use TripAdvisor for reviews, and specifically look for mention of bedbugs. Also there’s a wallet card you can print out to carry with you here http://www.nysipm.cornell.edu/whats_bugging_you/bed_bugs/ (scroll down) that has prevention tips and the signs to check for in your hotel.
Carry a small flashlight for checking the crevice behind the bed (we have the super tiny LED kind that’s hardly bigger than a coin and takes no space at all.) Also pack garbage bags big enough to put your luggage in, and clips. (Also take virtually no space.) If you see any sign of bedbugs, bag your luggage immediately, and keep it bagged (and out of the house) when you get home until it’s been decontaminated.
It’s totally possible to travel and not come home with bugs, just know what to look for. 🙂
Post # 9
I think you’ll be OK 🙂 Bed bugs are a non-issue if you get a hotel with good reviews/no mention of BBs. I’ve stayed in dozens of hotels/motels, some extremely nice and expensive, and some econo-style, and never found a single bed bug anywhere.
Altho, when my family and I vacationed at Myrtle one year, we rented a beach house, and found a mushroom growing ON THE CARPET by the bathroom. Watch out for those pesky mushrooms.
Post # 10
I spent many months travelling around Europe and was paranoid of the same thing happening to me. I read a few tips which helped me check before I layed down and slept anywhere… When you get to a hotel, take the linens off the bed and check the seams of the matress. You can usually see them. You could also get a hair dryer and run it over the matress (bed bugs are attracted to heat so they will come to the surface if they are hiding). Hope this helps! Good luck!
Post # 11
Cockroaches iv seen. Never seen a bed bug and iv stayed all over too lol!
This thread makes me itchy.
Post # 12
I’ve traveled pretty extensively (and stayed in some pretty dingy places). I’ve never had a problem with bed bugs. A friend was convinced she got bitten by bed bugs once but we were in a hostel in the middle of nowhere Africa. I really don’t think you have anything to worry about. 🙂
Post # 13
If you’re staying in a reputable hotel with no complaints, you’ll be fine. If you’re that paranoid, you can lift the mattress up and make sure there are no dead critters there!
Post # 14
You’re being paranoid. Yes, some hotels have bedbug problems. Those hotels have patrons who noticed and slam the hotel in reviews. A few summers ago a lot of hotels in NYC had bedbugs, so we planned accordingly. Canceling your honeymoon on the basis that there might be bugs with no reason to think there might be bugs is silly. What does your husband-to-be think?
Post # 15
Life involves risks. Yes, there are bedbugs out there, but if there are no indicators your location has them, why abandon your honeymoon? You could also get a nasty sunburn being at the beach, but you take precautions like sunblock and get out there and enjoy yourself. Fear is not irrational, but letting it cripple you to the point of missing out on something as special as your honeymoon, might be. Don’t let this keep you from having a honeyoon, years from now, you’ll look back on it with regret.
Post # 16
- Wedding: June 2012 - Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards
Business traveler here. I my experience, bed bugs are more of an issue in cities with a huge international tourist population. Even four star, reputable hotels in Manhattan have had them. Just take precautions.
Myrtle Beach is touristy in a Jersey shore way.
Have you been there before? If you are golfers, I could see the attraction. If youaren’t, youmight consider Charleston or Savannah. They are far more charming than Myrtle.